Joon-Hwa Lee

Gyeongsang National University, Shinshū, South Gyeongsang, South Korea

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Publications (39)145.39 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: The Zα domains of human ADAR1 (ZαADAR1) bind to Z-DNA via interaction mediated by the α3-core and β-hairpin. Five residues in the α3 helix and four residues in the β-hairpin play important roles in Zα function, forming direct or water-mediated hydrogen bonds with DNA backbone phosphates or interacting hydrophobically with DNA bases. To understand the roles of these residues during BZ transition of duplex DNA, we performed NMR experiments on complexes of various ZαADAR1 mutants with a 6-bp DNA duplex at various protein-to-DNA molar ratios. Our study suggests that single mutations at residues K169, N173, or Y177 cause unusual conformational changes in the hydrophobic faces of helices α1, α2, and α3, which dramatically decrease the Z-DNA binding affinity. 1D imino proton spectra and chemical shift perturbation showed that single mutations at residues K170, R174, T191, P192, P193, or W195 slightly affected the Z-DNA binding affinity. A hydrogen exchange study proved that the K170A- and R174A-ZαADAR1 proteins could efficiently change B-DNA to left-handed Z-DNA via an active BZ transition pathway, whereas the G2·C5 base pair was significantly destabilized compared to wild-type ZαADAR1.
    Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics 07/2014; · 3.37 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Double-stranded ribonucleic acid-activated protein kinase (PKR) downregulates translation as a defense mechanism against viral infection. In fish species, PKZ, a PKR-like protein kinase containing left-handed deoxyribonucleic acid (Z-DNA) binding domains, performs a similar role in the antiviral response. To understand the role of PKZ in Z-DNA recognition and innate immune response, we performed structural and functional studies of the Z-DNA binding domain (Zα) of PKZ from Carassius auratus (caZαPKZ). The 1.7-Å resolution crystal structure of caZαPKZ:Z-DNA revealed that caZαPKZ shares the overall fold with other Zα, but has discrete structural features that differentiate its DNA binding mode from others. Functional analyses of caZαPKZ and its mutants revealed that caZαPKZ mediates the fastest B-to-Z transition of DNA among Zα, and the minimal interaction for Z-DNA recognition is mediated by three backbone phosphates and six residues of caZαPKZ. Structure-based mutagenesis and B-to-Z transition assays confirmed that Lys56 located in the β-wing contributes to its fast B-to-Z transition kinetics. Investigation of the DNA binding kinetics of caZαPKZ further revealed that the B-to-Z transition rate is positively correlated with the association rate constant. Taking these results together, we conclude that the positive charge in the β-wing largely affects fast B-to-Z transition activity by enhancing the DNA binding rate.
    Nucleic Acids Research 03/2014; · 8.81 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A novel bispyrene compound was synthesized to selectively detect RNA through excimer emission "turn-on" in aqueous solution at physiological pH (7.4). The compound was used to successfully image RNA in HeLa cells.
    Chemical Communications 01/2014; · 6.38 Impact Factor
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    Bulletin- Korean Chemical Society 01/2014; 35(1). · 0.84 Impact Factor
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    Yong-Geun Choi, Hee-Eun Kim, Joon-Hwa Lee
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    ABSTRACT: The TCP domain is a DNA-binding domain present in plant transcription factors and has a similar structural feature to the bHTH motif of eukaryotic transcription factors. The imino proton exchange study has been performed for the DNA duplex containing the consensus DNA-binding site for the AtTCP11 transcription factor. The first two base pairs in the consensus 5'-GTGGG-3' sequence are relatively very unstable but lead to greater stabilization of the neighboring two G C base pairs. These unique dynamic features of the five base pairs in the consensus DNA sequence might play crucial roles in the effective DNA binding of the AtTCP11 protein.
    Journal of the Korean Magnetic Resonance Society. 01/2013; 17(2).
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    Bulletin- Korean Chemical Society 01/2013; 34(8). · 0.84 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Human ADAR1, which has two left-handed Z-DNA binding domains, preferentially binds Z-DNA rather than B-DNA with a high binding affinity. Z-DNA can be induced in long genomic DNA by Z-DNA binding proteins through the formation of two B-Z junctions with the extrusion of one base pair from each junction. We performed NMR experiments on complexes of Zα(ADAR1) with three DNA duplexes at a variety of protein-to-DNA molar ratios. This study confirmed that the Zα(ADAR1) first binds to an 8-bp CG-rich DNA segment via a unique conformation during B-Z transition and the neighboring AT-rich region becomes destabilized. We also found that, when DNA duplexes have only 6-bp CG-rich segment, the interaction with Zα(ADAR1) did not affect the thermal stabilities of the 6-bp CG-rich segment as well as the neighboring two A·T base pairs. These results indicate that four Zα(ADAR1) proteins interact with the 8-bp DNA sequence containing a 6-bp CG-repeat segment as well as a dinucleotide step, even though the dinucleotid step contains A∙T base pairs. Thus this study suggests that the length of the CG-rich region is more important than the specific DNA sequence for determining which base-pair is extruded from the B-Z junction structure. This study also found that the Zα(ADAR1) in complex with a 11-bp DNA duplex exhibits a Z-DNA-bound conformation distinct from that of free Zα(ADAR1) and the initial contact conformations of Zα(ADAR1) complexed with 13-bp DNA duplexes.
    Biophysical chemistry 12/2012; 172C:18-25. · 2.28 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In nature, complex and well-defined structures are constructed by the self-assembly of biomolecules. It has been shown that β-peptide foldamers can mimic natural peptides and self-assemble into three dimensional molecular architectures thanks to their rigid and predictable helical conformation in solution. Using shorter foldamers, which can be prepared more easily than longer ones, to form such architectures is highly desirable, but shorter foldamers have been overlooked due to the seemingly inferior number of intramolecular hydrogen bonds to stabilize a folded state in solution. Here we report that a β-peptide tetramer, although it lacks full helical propensity in solution, does self-assemble to form well-defined microtubes with rectangular cross-section by the evaporation-induced self-assembly.
    Journal of the American Chemical Society 12/2012; · 10.68 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The Z-DNA binding domain of human ADAR1 (Zα(ADAR1)) preferentially binds Z-DNA rather than B-DNA with high binding affinity. Here, we have carried out chemical shift perturbation and backbone dynamics studies of Zα(ADAR1) in the free form and in complex with three DNA duplexes, d(CGCGCG)(2), d(CACGTG)(2), and d(CGTACG)(2). This study reveals that Zα(ADAR1) initially binds to d(CGCGCG)(2) through the distinct conformation, especially in the unusually flexible β1-loop-α2 region, from the d(CGCGCG)(2)-(Zα(ADAR1))(2) complex. This study also suggests that Zα(ADAR1) exhibits a distinct conformational change during the B-Z transition of non-CG-repeat DNA duplexes with low binding affinities compared to the CG-repeat DNA duplex.
    Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 10/2012; · 2.28 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Z-DNA is produced in a long genomic DNA by Z-DNA binding proteins, through formation of two B-Z junctions with the extrusion of one base pair from each junction. To answer the question of how Z-DNA binding proteins induce B-Z transitions in CG-rich segments while maintaining the B-conformation of surrounding segments, we investigated the kinetics and thermodynamics of base-pair openings of a 13-bp DNA in complex with the Z-DNA binding protein, Zα(ADAR1). We also studied perturbations in the backbone of Zα(ADAR1) upon binding to DNA. Our study demonstrates the initial contact conformation as an intermediate structure during B-Z junction formation induced by Zα(ADAR1), in which the Zα(ADAR1) protein displays unique backbone conformational changes, but the 13-bp DNA duplex maintains the B-form helix. We also found the unique structural features of the 13-bp DNA duplex in the initial contact conformation: (i) instability of the AT-rich region II and (ii) longer lifetime for the opening state of the CG-rich region I. Our findings suggest a three-step mechanism of B-Z junction formation: (i) Zα(ADAR1) specifically interacts with a CG-rich DNA segment maintaining B-form helix via a unique conformation; (ii) the neighboring AT-rich region becomes very unstable, and the CG-rich DNA segment is easily converted to Z-DNA; and (iii) the AT-rich regions are base-paired again, and the B-Z junction structure is formed.
    Journal of the American Chemical Society 03/2012; 134(11):5276-83. · 10.68 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: P53 is the major tumor suppressor and is a transcription factor involved in various cellular metabolisms, including DNA repair, regulation of cell cycle, apoptotic cell death. 1-5 The p53 contains an N-terminal transactivation domain (amino acids 1-42), a proline-rich SH3 target-region (amino acids 60-97), a DNA-binding domain (amino acids 102-292), a tetramerization domain (amino acids 323-356) and a C-terminal regulatory domain (360-393). 6 The sequence-specific DNA binding domain (DBD) of p53 plays a critical role for the initiation of biological functions of p53 system. 1-5 Deficiency of the p53 function is mainly due to mutations which interfere with the DNA-binding ability of the protein. P53 can recognize specific DNA sequences, which is called as the p53 response element (p53RE). 7 The p53RE have two half-site palindromes and each half-site palindrome has 10 base-pair (bp) with a consensus sequence of 5'-RRRCWWGYYY-3', where W can be A or T, and R and Y is purine and pyrimidine bases, respectively. The p53-DBD binds to various p53RE variants with somewhat different binding modes. The p53-DBD had different binding affinity to a variety of p53RE substrates. However, the structural features of the p53-DNA complexes could not explain this sequence selectivity of the p53-DBD. The dynamic property of the p53RE sequences with their structural feature can provide the useful information to understand the molecular interaction between the p53 and its p53RE. NMR hydrogen exchange data provide information on the thermodynamics and kinetics for base-pair opening and represent a probe of the dynamic motion of the base pairs. Hydrogen exchange data can also be used to probe how DNA duplexes are stabilized by the intermolecular interaction with proteins. Thus, to understand the origin of the sequence selectivity of the p53, the imino proton ex-change rate constants were measured for the DNA decamer duplex containing the consensus p53RE sequence (referred as to wt p53RE, Fig. 1). To further understand the corre-lation between the base pair dynamics and the sequence selectivity of the p53, the exchange rate constants (k ex) of the imino protons for the wt p53RE duplex were compared with those of the other p53RE variants (Fig. 1).
    Bulletin- Korean Chemical Society 02/2012; 33(2). · 0.84 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Metabolomics is the systematic identification and quantification of all metabolites in an organism or biological sample. NMR has been used as a major application tool in plant metabolomics such as quality control, chemotaxonomy, and analysis of genetically modified plants. Herbal medicines are the important therapeutics and are used to manage common diseases such as cold, inflammation, pain, heart diseases, liver cirrhosis, diabetes and central nerve system diseases. Herb plants include various kinds of species such as geranium, mint, and thyme and so on and contain different kinds of metabolites. We performed NMR-based metabolomics study on the seven different species of herb plants using NMR experiments and OPLS-DA to understand the correlation between the classification of herb plants and their metabolite contents. This study showed clear metabolic discrimination among various herb plants. This metabolmics study found several diagnostic NMR signals which are able to be used as bio-markers for identification of the specific herb plants among various species. Clear metabolic discrimination of herb plants suggests three chemotaxonomic groups of herb species.
    Journal of the Korean Magnetic Resonance Society. 01/2012; 16(2).
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    ABSTRACT: G-quadruplexes, formed of four stranded guanine bases stabilized by monovalent cations, serve important role in cancer cell growth and control gene expression in telomere. Since there are various types of quadruplex structures, rapid and simple screening methods with high selectivity, sensitivity and nontoxicity are required for understanding about the biological roles of quadruplex DNA as well as in designing therapeutics. Herein, we report a pyrene-imidazolium derivative, JY-1, which can with high selectivity recognize G-quadruplex using fluorescence and NMR spectroscopy. This is the first example based on the imidazolium derivative, which can detect the G-quadruplex directly to utilize the excimer/monomer emission change in pyrene fluorophore. The selectivity of strong binding to a specific sequence can allow for quadruplex sensing and the detection method presented here is very simple, using fluorescence and NMR study. Also, the groove binding characteristic of JY-1 to the G-quadruplex has a relatively low nonspecific toxicity and the structure-specific differences in fluorescent character between DNA duplex and G-quadruplex may offer more discovery and application in biological study.
    Biomaterials 12/2011; 33(7):2282-8. · 8.31 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Peptide nucleic acids (PNA) are one of the most widely used synthetic DNA mimics where the four bases are attached to a N-(2-aminoethyl)glycine (aeg) backbone instead of the negative-charged phosphate backbone in DNA. We have developed a chimeric PNA (chiPNA), in which a chiral GNA-like γ(3)T monomer is incorporated into aegPNA backbone. The base pair opening kinetics of the aegPNA:DNA and chiPNA:DNA hybrid duplexes were studied by NMR hydrogen exchange experiments. This study revealed that the aegPNA:DNA hybrid is much more stable duplex and is less dynamic compared to DNA duplex, meaning that base pairs are opened and reclosed much more slowly. The site-specific incorporation of γ(3)T monomer in the aegPNA:DNA hybrid can destabilize a specific base pair and its neighbors, maintaining the thermal stabilities and dynamic properties of other base pairs. Our hydrogen exchange study firstly revealed the unique kinetic features of base pairs in the aegPNA:DNA and chiPNA:DNA hybrids, which will provide an insight into the development of methodology for specific DNA recognition using PNA fragments.
    Nucleic Acids Research 05/2011; 39(16):7329-35. · 8.81 Impact Factor
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    Chemistry - An Asian Journal 04/2011; 6(8):1996-9. · 4.57 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The human DNA-dependent activator of IFN-regulatory factor (DAI) protein, which activates the innate immune response in response to DNA, contains two tandem Z-DNA binding domains (Zα and Zβ) at the NH(2) terminus. The hZβ(DAI) structure is similar to other Z-DNA binding proteins, although it demonstrates an unusual Z-DNA recognition. We performed NMR experiments on complexes of hZβ(DAI) with DNA duplex, d(CGCGCG)(2), at a variety of protein-to-DNA molar ratios. The results suggest that hZβ(DAI) binds to Z-DNA via an active-di B-Z transition mechanism, where two hZβ(DAI) proteins bind to B-DNA to form the hZβ(DAI)-B-DNA complex; the B-DNA is subsequently converted to left-handed Z-DNA. This novel mechanism of DNA binding and B-Z conversion is distinct from Z-DNA binding of the human ADAR1 protein.
    FEBS letters 02/2011; 585(5):772-8. · 3.54 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The surface coating-dependent catalytic activity of icosahedral Au nanoparticles (IAuNPs) for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol by NaBH4 in aqueous solution was investigated. Cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB)-stabilized IAuNPs with average size of 50nm were prepared by three-step seeding protocol. The CTAB was then exchanged with several amine derivatives such as pyrrole, pyridine, 2,2′-bipyridine, and 4,4′-bipyridine. The catalytic reaction rates of nanoparticles are in the order of IAuNPs@4,4′-bpy>IAuNPs@2,2′-bpy>IAuNPs@pyridine>IAuNPs@pyrrole>IAuNPs@CTAB, revealing that the catalytic activity of the nanoparticles highly depends on the type and structure of the ligand molecules.
    Colloids and Surfaces A-physicochemical and Engineering Aspects - COLLOID SURFACE A. 12/2010;
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    ABSTRACT: The Yaba-like disease viruses (YLDV) are members of the Yatapoxvirus family and have double-stranded DNA genomes. The E3L protein, which is essential for pathogenesis in the vaccinia virus, consists of two domains: an N-terminal Z-DNA binding domain and a C-terminal RNA binding domain. The crystal structure of the E3L orthologue of YLDV (yabZα(E3L)) bound to Z-DNA revealed that the overall structure of yabZα(E3L) and its interaction with Z-DNA are very similar to those of hZα(ADAR1). Here we have performed NMR hydrogen exchange experiments on the complexes between yabZα(E3L) and d(CGCGCG)(2) with a variety of protein-to-DNA molar ratios. This study revealed that yabZα(E3L) could efficiently change the B-form helix of the d(CGCGCG)(2) to left-handed Z-DNA via the active-mono B-Z transition pathway like hZα(ADAR1).
    FEBS letters 10/2010; 584(21):4453-7. · 3.54 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In Escherichia coli, the very short patch (VSP) repair system is a major pathway for removal of T.G mismatches in Dcm target sequences. In the VSP repair pathway, the very short patch repair (Vsr) endonuclease selectively recognizes a T.G mismatch in Dcm target sequences and hydrolyzes the 5'-phosphate group of the mismatched thymine. The hydrogen exchange NMR studies here revealed that the T5.G18 mismatch in the Dcm target sequence significantly stabilizes own base pair but destabilizes the two neighboring G4.C19 and A6.T17 base pairs compare to other T.G mismatches. These unusual patterns of base pair stability in the Dcm target sequence can explain how the Vsr endonuclease specifically recognizes the mismatched Dcm target sequence and intercalates into the DNA.
    Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics 09/2010; 501(2):201-6. · 3.37 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The Zα domain of human ADAR1 (Zα(ADAR1)) preferentially binds Z-DNA rather than B-DNA with high binding affinity. Zα(ADAR1) binds to the Z-conformation of both non-CG-repeat DNA duplexes and a d(CGCGCG)(2) duplex similarly. We performed NMR experiments on complexes between the Zα(ADAR1) and non-CG-repeat DNA duplexes, d(CACGTG)(2) or d(CGTACG)(2), with a variety of protein-DNA molar ratios. Comparison of these results with those from the analysis of d(CGCGCG)(2) in the previous study suggests that Zα(ADAR1) exhibits the sequence preference of d(CGCGCG)(2)≫d(CACGTG)(2)>d(CGTACG)(2) through multiple sequence discrimination steps during the B-Z transition.
    FEBS letters 09/2010; 584(20):4344-50. · 3.54 Impact Factor